Usama Muta-Ali is the founder of Bukhari Tutoring & Health in Stone Mountain Ga. He is Majoring in Chemistry in hopes of becoming a researcher after he graduates college.
Ashley Bella Daramola was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Ashley got her first job at 14 and has been working ever since. “At 17, people around me told me college was too expensive and that art and theatre were pointless career options, so I went to college, got confused, dropped out, and went back to work.”
In Ashley’s mid-20’s, she developed a passion for working with children, teen girls, and women whose life struggles paralleled her own, especially those that had experienced trauma or who had difficulty understanding their self-worth. In 2016, Ashley quit her job and became an artist full-time using her last $50. “well, I originally
started ArtzyBella to have a studio to do art therapy in and to fund my personal art career that I hope includes global exhibitions.”
Ashley uses ArtzyBella to create jobs and contribute to the economic development of communities in South Metro Atlanta. “Now I get to give back to the young talented artists in south metro Atlanta and create the opportunities I didn’t get to have” says Ashley.
Ashley wants to help the world learn the power that art has to be a healing tool, and a driver of economic development and an important industry in america’s economy.
Ashley has completed over 40 commissions in three years including 15 murals, 7 canvas portraits and 2 installations. Ashley just opened her second art studio and completed her first solo exhibition.
Gynella Ngounou is a Cameroonian-American fashionpreneur and Creative Director and CEO of Students Expressing Life through Fashion (SELF). SELF is a fashion sewing company and agency based in Atlanta, GA that provides an adequate education in sewing, fashion buying and branding with industry-level bookings.
Her team of Design Instructors consist of passionate and gifted fashion designers and SCAD alumna who share a motive to give back to the community. Today, Students Expressing Life through Fashion is pushing 80 students to produce their best work, exposing them to fashion events, and securing them with fashion internships and opportunities. The courses include womenswear, pattern-making, draping, sketching, fashion business, retail, and manufacturing. Each course is leveled from beginner to master. The sewing studio is a 24/hour space located in the heart of Atlanta.
Gynella is completing her B.I.S. in Social Entrepreneurship at Georgia State University, and was recently accepted with a full-ride scholarship to Parsons School of Design’s certificate program. Her life mantra is: “I am more than what they can see.”